I am a student that utilizes the library a lot, and I have noticed more and more on the 2nd floor, that the desks with computers on them have been taken over by people WITH computers....they sit there on their personal computers while the school one is unused...this is ridiculous. I do not bring my personal computer with me to the library, and often use the ones provided. I have had to search all over for computers when people take up desks with their own. Please do something with this. I know I am not the only student who is frustrated at this situation!!!
From: a graduate student
I would like to raise a personal concern regarding the use of lap-tops in front of unused computer terminals. Today, I was in the learning commons and saw that nearly a dozen of the computer terminals were not free for use as students were using the power outlets at these terminals to plug in their lap-tops. I wish that the library would please do something to address this problem. Not all of us have a laptop and the students that are doing this are either unaware of how selfish their behaviour is, or they don't care. Please take my concern under consideration so that in the future more students are not deprived of the use of the facilities for which we pay so much for. Thank you for your time.
From: an undergraduate student
I see a lot of people sitting by a desk that has a desktop, but they are using their laptops. is it possible to put some type of sign that says that is not allowed. Thank You
from: a library patron
Mary Ellen Spencer, Head of Research and Instructional Services, replies...
First, thanks to everyone who sent in these comments about the use of laptops and space in the new Learning Commons. Please know that VCU students, faculty, and staff engaging in academic work have priority use of the computing resources at the library. As students, you should feel free to ask a person sitting at a computer workstation and not using it if they will relocate so that you can use the computer. Both library staff and security guards are available to assist you in getting access to a workstation.
As I'm sure you know, space is at a premium in Cabell Library, and we simply don't have enough to meet everyone's needs. That said, the information you've provided is helpful to us as we plan how best to use the space we do have. Please keep sending your comments and suggestions. Thanks again for taking the time to post to our blog.